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Practice Development Nurse for Surgery

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about education and supporting individuals and teams to develop and improve patient care?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to become a Practice Development Nurse within our surgical wards, Band 7 within Surgery & Cancer.

We are looking for a motivated and experienced senior nurse to lead on the development of staff skills and knowledge, ensuring that high standards of clinical care are promoted and maintained.

This role focuses on providing education and support for nurses in the clinical areas as well as facilitating improvements in practice. Working with the leadership you will be involved in delivering a diverse range of projects and initiatives across the ISCU.

This post will enable you to develop your teaching and facilitation skills as well as gaining insight about a range of specialities. Support and training will be provided to help you fulfil this challenging and exciting role.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to:
  • The post holder will be responsible for supporting the personal and professional development of all staff and learners as indicated in collaboration with the Matron for Surgery and Associate Director of Nursing
  • The post holder will facilitate practice learning to the highest quality through teaching, assessing, evaluation, administration and practice-based work whilst supporting the organisation's Clinical Governance Agenda.
  • The post holder will work as a change agent within the organisation's wide multidisciplinary team in taking forward and shaping the future of nursing practice in light of the local, national and professional agenda.
  • The post holder will play a pivotal role in education provision and will be a proficient, approachable role model in addition to an expert clinician, with a proven track record of clinical achievement.
  • The post holder will be required to work in a clinical role alongside staff for at least 80% of their contracted working time and will, in collaboration with the other Practice Development Nurses within the Whittington Health, develop effective systems for preceptorship and clinical supervision.

The role/duties of the post are outlined below. In undertaking this role, the employee will be expected to always behave in a way that is consistent with and actively supports the organisation's values or lead the search for and development of innovative methods of teaching.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Education and Staff Support
  • Identify learning needs of staff and responsible for addressing identified learning needs through the development of an action plan.
  • Assist the Ward Managers to maintain a database of all training undertaken by staff in their areas
  • Contribute to developing, implementing, delivering, and evaluating development programmes for nurses using innovative methods.
  • Facilitate and encourage personal and professional development of staff.
  • Provide direct clinical expertise, advice and support to staff within Surgical Wards.
  • Responsible for supporting newly qualified, junior and internationally educated nurses who are working towards NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) Registration.
  • Assist with the orientation and induction of new recruits to the trust
  • Work with the Clinical skills team to provide coaching for the internationally registered nurses for the NMC OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) test of competence
  • Promote a positive learning environment and actively encourage innovation within the Surgical Wards
  • Work clinically with staff to facilitate the acquisition and enhancement of clinical skills and assist in the achievement of appropriate levels of competence.
  • Develop assessment tools (clinical competencies) and assist staff in the assessment of clinical competencies, including the administration of IV drugs.
  • Be instrumental in the identification, development and implementation of policy, procedure, guidelines and audit in relation to local, national and professional agendas and monitor adherence taking appropriate action.
  • Propose changes to policies and guidelines within the Surgery & Cancer ICSU as well as contributing to organisation wide policies
  • Responsible for training staff in the safe use of medical devices and other equipment

  • Management
  • Assess clinical competence, capabilities and needs of staff in conjunction with the dependency of the patients and case mix.
  • Motivate staff, promote team-building, exercise and develop leadership skills in creating a suitable environment for efficient team working.
  • Promote and participate in reflective practice, clinical risk management and critical incident analysis.
  • Maintain accurate staff training records.
  • Actively participate in the recruitment and selection of staff.
  • Act as an educational resource providing advice and support on personal, professional and career development to maximise potential of staff at all levels.

  • Practice
  • Demonstrate expert nursing practice when caring for patients by using research-based evidence and in accordance with agreed policies and standards.
  • Act as a credible clinical role model promoting high quality patient care.
  • Act as a resource for others requiring clinical knowledge and experience, offering advice and support to staff and others in the multi-professional team in clinical decision-making.
  • Demonstrate clinical competence when caring for patients, being aware of personal limitations.
  • Ensure patients interests are considered within the context of care by participating in ethical decision making and supporting staff through this process.
  • Establish a mechanism to ensure proficiency with new practices and new equipment.
  • Contribute to organisation-wide initiatives as appropriate by networking and collaborative working etc.
  • Demonstrate excellent clinical documentation and record keeping and acting as a role model.

  • Research
  • Promote evidence/research-based nursing practice
  • Disseminate and utilise audit and research results as appropriate.
  • Act as a change agent and support other staff in the implementation of new practices.
  • Evaluate the quality of nursing practice through the clinical audit cycle and contribute to quality initiatives within the Surgical Wards and ICSU.

  • Professional
  • Identify personal objectives, reflect on progress, and set a personal development plan annually.
  • Following individual performance management, liaise with Matron for Surgery in agreeing how identified training and development needs are to be met.
  • Ensure that own practice is kept updated, using an acceptable model of clinical supervision.
  • Take every opportunity to expand practice in line with current guidelines.
  • Ensure that registered nurses are aware of, and practice in accordance with, all current guidelines and policies.
  • Contribute to meeting the trusts Nursing & Midwifery Strategic Priorities.
  • Deputise for the Matron for Surgery when required.
  • Undertake any other duties that may be reasonably required.

  • Person Specification

    Education / Qualification


    • Registered Nurse (part 1 of register)
    • Practise Supervisor and Assessor Course
    • Nursing Degree or equivalent clinical experience
    • Evidence of continued own professional development


    • Master's Degree in Nursing or suitable subject or working towards
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Education

    Skills and Abilities


    • Ability to manage and prioritise own workload
    • Effective oral and written communication skills
    • Proven teaching and assessing skills using innovative delivery methods.
    • IV drugs administrator
    • IT Literate including Microsoft applications (word & excel)
    • Able to think creatively, analyse and solve problems


    • Ability to identify, facilitate and lead change management when required
    • Ability to use audit and research in the clinical setting
    • Chairing and organising meetings

    Knowledge and Experience


    • Knowledge of critical analysis in order to provide evidence-based practice
    • Awareness of current issues in the NHS nursing practice and education
    • Evidence of ongoing professional development
    • Understanding of audit process
    • Evidence Based Practice
    • At least 5 years recent post registration experience
    • Recent experience of functioning as a practice assessor or supervisor to train learners and junior staff
    • Multidisciplinary working


    • Experience of facilitating and implementing teaching programmes to meet training needs
    • Evidence of audit implementation
    • Previous management experience
    • Experience of undertaking/participating in Training Needs Analysis

    Personal Qualities


    • Highly motivated and motivating
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Assertive
    • Active listener
    • Articulate
    • Flexible attitude
    • Positive approach to work / team player
    • Ability to work independently
    • Displays personal integrity
    • Creative lateral thinker



    • Record of good health
    • Willing to be flexible to meet the changing needs of the service
    • Ability to network internally and externally

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


    Whittington Hospital


    N19 5NF

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